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2018 Summer Reading Program Presentations

Children's and Family Program

Concert/Demonstration for Teens, Adults and General Audiences

About the performers

Fees and Grant info


Music of Shakespeare's Time


Past Performances

Comments about past performances

School, Library, Family Programs


Anne & Rob Burns as A Reasonable Facsimile present


For the 2018 Collaborative Summer Library Program theme, "Libraries Rock!" our programs feature Renaissance music and instruments. These shows will be available from the spring of 2018 to the spring of 2019.

All programs feature replica Renaissance instruments and commentary about the instruments and music selections.


A Concert of Fun Old Music and Instruments For Children and Families
at Libraries, Schools and Community Centers

All ages will be tickled and fascinated by the unique instruments and songs played and sung by town musicians (“waytes”), “Nan and Robin Piper” (Anne and Rob Burns, A Reasonable Facsimile) in “Renaissance Music Rocks!” These costumed performers bring history alive with instruments from the Renaissance: shawms, drums, crumhorns, bagpipes, recorders, lutes and more.

Anne and Rob incorporate humor and audience participation to introduce young audiences to earlier music. The children are even asked to help supply lyrics for additional verses of a four hundred-year-old song. Anne and Rob play lively, danceable music that the audience can sing and clap along with. Some may want to get up and dance!

ONE-PERSON BAND format for above: "Nan Piper" serves up Renaissance music on flute, crumhorn, shawm, fife, drum, recorder, lute and Renaissance guitar, sometimes playing two things at once! This version is more available on weekdays, and is lower priced than the duo program.

"Even I, as a grownup, enjoyed this presentation this morning. Anne and Rob Burns did a great job performing and explaining each instrument they played." (Parent)

"El Grillo e buon cantore" (The cricket is a good singer)

Sir Eglamore and the Dragon

Renaissance Music Rocks! flier

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A Concert/Demonstration for Teens, Adults and General Audiences
at Libraries, Schools and Community Centers

A Reasonable Facsimile, the duo Anne & Rob Burns, amazes the ears and the eyes by playing a plethora of replica Renaissance instruments including recorders, flutes, crumhorns, shawms, bagpipes, strings and percussion. Anne and Rob have collected these instruments for years. They have created programs in which they describe the instruments, and play examples of lively dance music and songs from Renaissance England and Europe with various instrumental combinations.

You will leave the show thinking that "Renaissance Instruments ROCK!"

SOLO format for above: Anne Burns demonstrates flute, crumhorn, shawm, fife, drum, recorder, lute, guitar and more Renaissance instruments. This version is more available on weekdays, and is lower priced than the duo program.

Renaissance Instruments Rock! flier

Renaissance Instruments Rock! music selections




Anne & Rob Burns each received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Early Music from Oakland University. They specialize in the music of the Renaissance and the Colonial era as the duo A Reasonable Facsimile. They have received wide acclaim for their unique school and library programs.


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The base price for one performance with the duo is $375. For Anne's solo program, the base price is $250.

Mileage will be charged to locations over 50 miles from Clarkston, Michigan. Overnight accommodations, if necessary.

SHARE! Discount for two neighboring libraries booking music programs on the same day: subtract $50 each library. The libraries also split mileage and accommodations costs. Share with a library already on our calendar, or set up a new day with a neighbor.

To calculate the mileage fee use an online map service, entering Clarkston MI as starting address, and the library address as destination address. From the resulting one-way distance, subtract 50 miles, then multiply remaining mileage by $1.09 ($1.09 = 54.5¢ per mile each way).



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